Winners 2011

FIRST PRIZE

United Kingdom ´´ Europe & Me´´

Europe & Me is an online lifestyle magazine created by young Europeans for young Europeans. Its motto is to "make Europe personal", because Europe is often only identified with politics and bureaucracy. The magazine was founded in September 2007 and first published in July 2008. New issues appear every three months at www.europeandme.eu. In January 2011, the magazine launched a regularly updated blog, the 6th Sense, to complement its three month publishing cycle. Our founding team comprised eight people with six different nationalities, and our writers and readers come from twenty different countries. Within less than three years, the magazine has published eleven editions, reached a European audience of more than twenty thousand readers, won funds for and organised a workshop for young European journalists, hitchhiked all over Europe to discover its many faces and built up an online community of more than one thousand one hundred participants. More than one hundred authors have written for the magazine. Editors, authors and community work together voluntarily for a common goal: to capture the feeling of a new, transnational lifestyle. Europe & Me has previously applied for the Charlemagne Prize but was not awarded a prize at the European level. Yet we believe that the fact that we are still working hard and are not a one-off project should count for, not against us. We were encouraged to reapply. Since last year, the project has grown beyond what we could have imagined and taken on entirely new dimensions. One year ago, Europe & Me was mainly a cool magazine on which people worked together. Today, Europe & Me is a platform that allows people to take initiative, develop themselves and find likeminded individuals. Perhaps indicative of this: the number of pages in our application has doubled since last year. With all these new initiatives, bringing together hundreds more people than we did previously, plus everything we had last year, we would like to try again.

SECOND PRIZE

Greece ´´ Balkans Beyond Borders´´

Balkans beyond Borders 2010 The BBB project started in 2009 as a short film contest followed by a final event in Belgrade. It addressed young people from Southeast Europe with an interest in the political, social, economical and cultural aspects of regional cooperation and film-making. The main objective of the project was to invite young people to reflect on their region's situation and to deepen their understanding of the importance of regional cooperation for the future development of their countries. Ten short films have been pre-selected and screened during the final event and the winning film has been submitted to the Naoussa Film Festival in Greece and screened on several occasions afterwards. Balkans beyond Borders 2011 In 2010 the project has extended and now encompasses 4 different components. BBB's flagship activity remains the organization of an annual thematic short-film festival, in a different Balkan city each year. In 2010 the festival's theme is 'Who is afraid of the Big Bad Crises". Young individuals are invited to participate with a film that will deal with an aspect of 'crisis'. The winning films will be promoted throughout the year, putting forward in this way the culture and creativity of the youth of the region. The second component is the organization of three workshops. Ten young individuals coming from different countries will meet for 1 week in a capital of the region in order to produce a collective short film, challenging traditional film-making methods. The 3 films will all start from the same moment of crisis and be structured around the same 'anchor moments', indirectly reflecting on how different cultural settings and groups relate to crisis. The films will be screened during the festival. The third component is the support of a network of individuals from the region with common goals and interest. 'BBB Ambassadors' will promote BBB and its goals in their country by communicating our activities in the local language, as well as providing ideas and taking up the responsibility to realize them. Academic seminars will also be organised, dealing with topics relevant for the region, and discussions preceded by the projection of a short-film from the festival, triggering discussions amongst participants. This aims to encourage students to specialize in studying the region, while at university.

THIRD PRIZE

Spain ´´ The Escena Erasmus Project

The Escena Erasmus Project, launched in 2009, is a pioneering European project addressed mainly to Erasmus students. It intends to become a theatrical net which promotes exchanges among the European university theatre companies. Thus, it aims to constitute a productive space for cultural and linguistic exchange. Since a common European space for higher education is being developed, we consider that Europe should also be united by other experiences which are as well related to education. Such experiences should also be part of any higher education space. We consider that the academic world should take the initiative in promoting activities which enrich the experience of European exchange and create spaces for integration and understanding among the different peoples, cultures and languages in Europe. For that reason, Escena Erasmus promotes the creation of a university net which enables the exchange of theatrical experiences developed mainly by Erasmus students. Because that is also Europe: actors from different countries playing in a foreign language for a European audience. Escena Erasmus has been developed and directed by young university graduates and PhDs. They emerged from the university theatre movement and have now created a professional theatre company called CRIT (Companyia de Recerca i Innovació Teatral). Escena Erasmus has established its main venue at the University of València, which is the second European university regarding incoming Erasmus students. Thus, the European Theatre Project "Escena Erasmus" offers:
- one semester and full year theatre workshops with a final show for Erasmus students and local students (70% Erasmus students / 30% local students);
- the creation of a theatre company with the students who participate in the workshops which produces a yearly show which tours the partner universities;
- the creation of a long-lasting theatrical exchange net among European universities with its main venue at the University of Valencia.